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Bankart Repair of The Shoulder

A Bankart lesion is common with anterior shoulder dislocation and can contribute a great deal of shoulder instability. When the shoulder dislocates or “pops” out of the joint it can tear the attached joint capsule and the labrum (a thick band of cartilage attached to the glenoid bone. It lines the shoulder socket and helps keep the ball of the humerus/upper arm bone in place). Patients with a Bankart lesion will have symptoms that include clicking, catching, pain, feeling of instability, and feeling of weakness. A Bankart Repair is done arthroscopically and the goal of the procedure is to re-attach and tighten the torn labrum and ligaments. The surgeon will use sutures and bone anchors to se

Post-Partum Physical Therapy: Debunking the Kegel

Did you know that following pregnancy all women in France get a prescription for physical therapy? More than half of women experience urinary incontinence either during or after pregnancy. Unfortunately, in the USA most women are simply told to “do your kegels” and sent on their way, but the fact is most women end up doing them wrong, and you may be doing yourself a disservice. A kegel is a contraction of the pelvic floor; the muscular sling that sits within the pelvis. The pelvic floor consists of multiple tiny muscles and they perform two main functions: to keep your vaginal and rectal openings closed when they need to be (ex. Coughing, sneezing, running, etc.) and for postural support at

What is BBPV and Why Am I Going to Physical Therapy?

What does it stand for? BPPV stands for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. What is BPPV? Now this is usually the part that makes peoples head spin (ha, pun intended). Anyways, our ears have organs or structures called otolith organs that monitor the movements of your head relative to gravity. For a variety of reasons these crystals can become dislodged and move into another part of your inner ear called the semicircular canals. This causes the semicircular canal to become sensitive to head position changes it would normally not respond to- causing the spinning or dizziness feeling. What are other symptoms of BPPV? Symptoms can include vertigo, dizziness, loss of balance, falls, and n

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